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Road trip coming up

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I'll be heading out next Monday, the 21st, for a 6-city tour (Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Mpls/St. Paul, and Detroit/Ann Arbor).  Schedule of events available on my website: http://www.loislowry.com/tour.php  Book tours are always exhausting. But to my pleasure I will see a number of friends this trip: Eric Rohmann (illustrator of "Bless This Mouse") in Chicago (he'll be at the bookstore with me); my daughter and several friends in SF; Sean Astin, who is making the movie of "Number the Stars," in LA; my friend Alan in Denver; my friend Margaret (to whom "Bless This Mouse" is dedicated), in St. Paul...so there will be some fun times.

Lamstein poster

In tiny print (lower right corner) on this poster it says "Phto by Nadine Lowry"...she took this when I was in Germany just before Christmas. And here is the beauitful granddaughter/photographer Nadine:

Nadine 3-11

This morning I spent some time sitting and observing a second grade classroom in a public school nearby, making notes about the things on the walls, observing the kids—a wonderfully diverse group, this being Cambridge, MA—watching the teacher teach math (I would FLUNK second grade math), all on behalf of the Gooney Bird books. And I watched the teacher, later, privately, hug a little girl who had been distessed at getting an answer wrong.  How sad that some schools don't allow teachers to touch students. That little girl so needed that hug.

I am busily preparing the Lamstein Lecture (March 31st) and the Arbuthnot Lecture (April 15, St. Louis)...(ah, here's one more poster)..

Arbuthnot poster

...but right now I am dashing off to get my hair cut.

Oh, and alsao envying my son Ben. Here he is with his Lori in the Caribbean. Today, in Cambridge, it is bleak and raw and rainy.

Ben Lori DR



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Lindsay Monday, 29 November 1999

Oh, I say finish it...it is literature (and other sources) that will help keep the darkroom and other long lost treasures alive!
I have read many of your books and shared them with my students - I met you last year when you came to Collegiate in Richmond, it was a pleasure. Thanks for all you do for the world of young adult lit...I think we teachers are honored to share your work with our students!

Juliana Rowland Monday, 29 November 1999

You could just set the book in 1979, although you might have to add a bit of explanation regarding the darkroom concept for younger readers. Could be interesting though!

Audrey Albinger Monday, 29 November 1999

i agree with Lindsay...finish it. I'm 69 and would like to see things of my youth preserved in novels. Bryce Courtney does that all the time, athough in a different culture. I'd love to read your completed "Grab Shot". By the way, love your blog. Audrey Albinger, student of Institute of Children's Literature, Conn.

Christina Monday, 29 November 1999

Agree agree agree. Finish it! Whether you set it in the past or set up the protagonist as a photographic purist (struggling against the flashy digital modernity?) your readers will either know what you're talking about or learn something new, which is never a bad thing. You already have me hopelessly intrigued.

susan dampeer Monday, 29 November 1999

I saw my niece for the first time since I gifted her two of your signed books for Christmas - her response was that she is "totally addicted to that author"...just the response I expected. As commencement at Saint Mary's approaches, we think of your visit fondly, Best regards, Susan

ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Grab Shot.. mmm... unfinished... mmm..
I recently finished reading the "unfinished" Pale King by David Foster Wallace (I'm lucky that I have access to review copies of some books.) It was set in the 1980's. However, It's not supposed to be a historical novel thus various terms like 'xerox' and 'pay phone' and lack of cell phones, and a Gremlin (the car) makes it feel 'dated,' although of course it is an unfinished work. Brilliant writing, nonetheless.
Grab Shot... I imagine part of the challenge might be, I think, that the writer then, is probably not the writer now. Not better or worse, just a different person? I suspect, with different sensibilities? John Barth did revise some of his published works (either Fun house of Chimera.. can't recall) but I guess that's different...
Interestingly though, when I was about five or six, I wondered into a darkroom and watched with amazement an image magically appear on a blank piece of paper immersed in water... and it looked just like me. I think that's why nearly twenty years later I became a photojournalist. Go figure..

Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Gremlin! Who remembers THAT?
Yes, I think you are quite right, Oscar. Different time, different person, different writer. No interest in going back in time and taking up old stuff. But it has been fascinating reading it.

Yi Ning Monday, 29 November 1999

Why not finish it? I'd certainly read it if it was published, especially since I love your books. It seems like a good plot, why not give it a shot? It's the chemistry of something long gone that will attract people!

Intraocular lenses Monday, 29 November 1999

You should finish the book. I am the kind of person who has to finish a job once I started, so if I start reading a book, I don't let it until is finished, even I don't like the subject and doesn't seem so interesting.

Elizabeth Monday, 29 November 1999

Please write it anyway! You could just set it in 1979/1980. It sounds fascinating, and I'd love to read it!

Robin Monday, 29 November 1999

Your fans are cheering you on.....C'mon you'll always be wanting to write a new book anyway....right? Sounds like you've got the outline already. Your very creative so maybe rework all those ideas within it..? Give it a shot. What have you got to lose?

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